|The Sixteenth Annual Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence 2014|
Aparna Ramesh - Bio
Born in the cosmopolitan city of Chennai in southern India, I spent my childhood in several cities and towns all over India and abroad. People and their diverse cultures have always fascinated me. I find the study of architecture as a means to explore these interests.
I am currently in my 4th year of study in the Bachelor of Architecture program at Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, India. My areas of interest include energy efficient architecture, vernacular building forms, universal design principles and urban design studies. I am keen on learning about sustainable architectural design and have attended workshops on ‘Designing with Compressed Stabilized Earth Blocks’ taught by Ar. Satprem Maini at the Auroville Earth Institute, Auroville. I have always been an avid reader and was recently placed as the National First Runner Up in Archumen’13, national quiz on architecture.
Over the course of my architectural education I have tried to understand the technical and creative aspects of the discipline. However, it was the Berkeley Prize Essay competition that opened my eyes to the social aspect of architecture. My research into this year’s topic- ‘The Architect and the Healthful Environment’ has inspired me to make a positive impact on the environment and the community through the social art of architecture.
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